Nicholson's Pubs

Welcome to The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, your local pub in Liverpool


The most ornate pub in England

Built between 1898 and 1900, our flamboyant pub is a dazzling showpiece built in the style of a gentleman’s club.

Constructed for the brewer Robert Cain, the building was designed by local architect Walter Thomas, working with craftsmen from the School of Architecture and Applied Arts at what is now the University of Liverpool.

Outside the pub, our stunning metal gates are amongst the finest Art Nouveau work in Britain – and the interior is just as impressive: spread over five floors, each of our rooms is beautifully decorated with a musical theme.

No visit is complete without a visit to our famous gents’ toilets – not a claim many pubs can make! We’re also part of the city’s rich musical history – Buddy Holly performed here, as did Paul McCartney (as seen on James Corden’s The Late Late Show). Locally known as The Phil, our pub was said to be one of John Lennon’s favourite bars. If that’s not enough music for you, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is just over the road.

Find us


The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, 36 Hope Street,
Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BX

Tel: 0151 707 2837

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Dazzling and flamboyant, our pub has its own place in history as 'the most ornate pub in England'. Known as 'The Phil', our magnificent hostelry takes its name from Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall opposite. Commissioned between 1898 and 1900, it is a showpiece in the style of a gentlemen's club. With the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Choir and Society so close, we have long been a favourite with concert-goers and performers alike.

Find us

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms,36 Hope Street,
Merseyside,L1 9BX

Tel: 0151 707 2837

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 22:30

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 11:00 - 19:00
  • Christmas Day 11:00 - 17:00
  • Boxing Day 12:00 - 23:00
  • New Years Eve 11:00 - 23:00
  • New Years Day 11:00 - 22:30



As a British brand with a heritage of 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our British pub classic menus.

Imagine taking your seat for starters we know you’ll like… Pulled Duck Croquettes and Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our brand-new Chicken and Truffled Oyster Mushroom Pie and our British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

As well as our famous pies, we’ve got big twists on other classic pub food such as sausage and mash, mouth watering burgers and good old fish and chips. See our menu to discover them all.

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another British pub classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is British pub food, done right.



Here at Liverpool, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in Liverpool.